The CDC estimates that around 25% of people are living with oral hygiene issues. Most of these issues are preventable with proper and regular oral health care. Even with a worldwide pandemic, dentists were still seeing patients, and using the best personal protection equipment, or PPE, to take care of patients.
Our friendly professional team at Expressions in Dentistry in Folsom, California, are here to assist with the overall care of your teeth, gums, and tongue. We always encourage our patients to treat flossing with the same level of care and urgency as they do when they brush their teeth, but it’s equally important to brush and floss your teeth properly.
Why do I need to floss my teeth?
Flossing involves using a thin strip of material, usually plastic, woven in layers that strengthen and reinforce each strand. These thin strips make it easier to navigate between your teeth and remove food particles that your toothbrush can leave behind. These particles can get trapped at or below the gumline and solidify into plaque.
Once plaque has hardened on your tooth, you won’t be able to remove it without the help of a dental professional. Flossing between your teeth removes food particles stuck between your teeth, protecting those areas from falling victim to disease and decay.
What are the benefits of flossing my teeth?
The primary benefit of flossing is preventing plaque, which has its own benefits:
- Preventing cavities
- Preventing gingivitis
- Reducing and preventing halitosis, or bad breath
- Protecting your heart
Flossing is as important as brushing for your oral health, and making sure to do it at least two times each day will help you keep your teeth and your smile healthy.
What happens if I don’t floss?
Skipping flossing puts you at risk for a list of oral health issues, not the least of which is plaque-causing gingivitis. If you’re living with a chronic condition, especially heart disease, or diabetes, your oral health can be delicate, and you will need to be vigilant.
How can I floss better?
Flossing your teeth can be part of your appointment with us at Expressions in Dentistry, and your provider is happy to show you the best ways to get in and around your unique set of teeth to protect your smile and your overall health.
The best way to floss your teeth is to start with about 18 inches of your floss, holding an inch taut between two fingers. Using those floss-holding fingers, guide the strip between each tooth, sliding it carefully below your gum line to capture particles that you can’t see, but may be able to feel. Use a clean one-inch strip for every tooth, and do this at least twice daily.
Although many would agree that flossing is an extra step that keeps you out of bed for a few more minutes, at Expressions in Dentistry, we know how to help you keep your mouth healthy, to keep your overall health intact. If it’s time you got your flossing done right, contact Expressions in Dentistry today at 916-252-9186, or book an appointment with us online.